FORBES ROAD CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
FORBES ROAD CAREER & TECHNICAL CENTER (200/300) grades 11, 12, 15 IPW, 3 cr.,
Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, located in Monroeville, is operated and supported
by nine (9) school districts in the eastern section of Allegheny County, one of which is the
Woodland Hills School District.
Forbes Road Career and Technology Center offers high school students an opportunity to train
for immediate employment or advanced placement in many colleges and technical schools.
Students attend Forbes Road Career and Technology Center part of the day for their technical
training and attend Woodland Hills High School the remainder of the day for their academic
classes and school activities.
Full programs at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center are two-years in length. Students
choosing a three-year program will attend Forbes Road Career and Technology Center 1/2 day in
11th and 12th grades and receive three career and technology credits each year. Students are not
required to attend Forbes Road Career and Technology Center during their 9th /10th grade year
in order to enroll in a full program.
In order for students to participate in a Forbes Road Apprenticeship Program, the students’
guidance counselor MUST be notified in the student’s 10th grade year. This allows the
counselor to make the necessary course adjustments to enable the student to take specific
required courses at Woodland Hills High School.
Students must be able to meet all graduation course and credit requirements to enter or continue
participation in the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center.
High School graduates may attend Forbes Road Career and Technology Center through CCAC at
their own expense and without District transportation. However, this avenue to career and
technology training may be less expensive than other avenues that are available to graduates.
The programs available at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center are described below.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
The Building Construction Technology program provides practical training in the construction
trades industry including: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry and blue-print reading. A
complete modular house is constructed from the ground up using Green Technology.
HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING
The program trains students to become qualified HVAC technicians and mechanics. A major
portion of the instruction focuses on how to install, diagnose, service and maintain residential
and commercial control wiring for HVAC.
Students, using a hands-on approach, will learn to lay out, assemble, install, test, and maintain
and repair electrical systems used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Training
will include electrical/electronic control systems, programmable controllers, automated heating
and air electrical systems, and wiring for residential/commercial buildings.
Landscape Design is designed to prepare students to be desirable employees of nurseries,
greenhouses, florists, or landscape businesses. Both maintenance and establishment of lawns, as
well as landscaping homes and businesses are included in the curriculum.
MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY
In this program you will design and create metal objects that are used daily. Students will read
blueprints and cut, shape and finish metal products on state-of-the art machines. Student projects
include making motorcycle, atv, and race car parts.
The field of advertising and commercial art requires a person who possesses a wide range of
creative skills. This curriculum includes production, illustrative techniques, computer graphics
and photography. Students create art that requires them to apply their technical skills to an
COMPUTER NETWORKING & SECURITY
This exciting course prepares students to design, develop, support, and maintain the Information
Technology (IT) systems. The curriculum includes network design, installation and
troubleshooting in a “live work” laboratory customer equipment.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & GAMING
This program introduces students to the world of video gaming, which begins with programming
and leads into designing video games. Students learn computer skills to manage information and
promote a business.
This program allows students to be creative with design presentation for entertainment, industrial
and commercial applications. This curriculum utilizes digital/video cameras and projectors in
conjunction with computers. Students create animations, manipulate photographs, create
presentations and web pages.
Automotive Technology provides instruction covering a wide range of skills for the high-tech
automotive industry. This includes engines, computer diagnostics, maintenance and repair, and
the opportunity to earn a PA State Inspection and Emissions Certification.
COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY
The program provides the skills necessary to transform a wrecked vehicle into a masterpiece.
Students receive instruction with state-of-the-art equipment for replacing or repairing auto body
parts. Students learn to customize vehicles with painting techniques.
This program provides training covering diesel engines, as well as gasoline powered equipment
and vehicles. Diesel trucks and heavy equipment are part of every aspect of today’s
transportation, construction, and manufacturing industries. Students can also obtain PA state
safety inspection and emissions licenses..
This program will actively engage students in the process of receiving, storing, shipping,
controlling and distributing products. Students will use conveyors, hand trucks and carts to
transport materials/supplies. They will work in Forbes distribution center using technology to
scan and track products.
CHILD CARE SERVICES
The program provides training through our ABC Childcare facility. The course encompasses all
the phases of early childhood development including physical, social, emotional and intellectual.
The curriculum also includes nutrition, guidance, discipline, the value of play and science of
This program builds skills for a variety of careers within the cosmetology industry. The course
includes skills in performing procedures in areas as: hair, skin and nail care as well as salon
operations. Upon completion of the required hours of instruction, students will be eligible to
take the PA State Boards to obtain a license.
The Culinary Arts course offers instruction in the commercial restaurant industry including:
gourmet and fine dining, customer service, menu planning, cost-control, sanitation and hygiene.
The curriculum provides students the opportunity to learn the complete food cycle including
nutrition, ordering process, menu design, equipment use and presentation skills.
This program provides the skills necessary to become employed in the Dental Career cluster.
The skills provided in this course offering will guide a student to employment opportunities as
dental assistants, receptionists and dental laboratory assistants. Additionally, students prepare
for the PA Radiology Exam.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES
This program is for students interested in pursuing a career, volunteer service or post-secondary
education in emergency medical, law enforcement, fire or emergency management services.
EMS provides training on a fully equipped on-site lab including a fire tower, fire truck and
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
This pre-nursing course gives ample opportunity for skill development through clinical
experience in a health care setting. During this practical experience, students care for patients
and perform skills under the direct supervision of RNz Therapists.